Reaching the Global Target to Reduce Stunting: How Much Will it Cost and How Can We Pay for it?

Reaching the Global Target to Reduce Stunting: How Much Will it Cost and How Can We Pay for it?

The proposal for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) put forward by the UN Member States that make up the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development sets out a goal to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture” (Goal 2).

The goal is accompanied by a target to “by 2030 end all forms of malnutrition, including achieving by 2025 the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age…” (Target 2.2). However, the world is currently badly off track to meet the global stunting target to reduce the number of children under 5 who suffer from stunting by 40% by 2025. Current investment levels are woefully inadequate to drive the progress that is needed to meet the target and therefore, urgent action to scale up fi nancing is required.

This brief outlines what it will cost to meet this stunting target and how to go about it.